Nearly five centuries have passed since Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in October, 1517, as a response to the corruption of early Renaissance Roman Catholicism. Soon after that, the originally derogatory term "Lutheran" was first used to describe Luther and his followers by theological opposers. The name and doctrine have remained, and James William Richard tells the historical account from Martin Luther and the German Reformation, to the migration of Lutherans to America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the subsequent divisions and doctrinal differences of the denomination.
Richard's untimely death occurred before he had finished editing The Confessional History of the Lutheran Church, but the history itself—the result of twenty years of studies on the topic—had already been completed. His pennings are the perfect addition to anyone's Church history library, and are also a fantastic resource for students, teachers, pastors, and anybody hoping to gain a more complete understanding of the beginnings, history, and doctrine of the Lutheran church. And now, in the Logos edition, The Confessional History of the Lutheran Church is easily searchable, providing hundreds of results at the click of a mouse. What's more, Scripture references are instantaneously available with a mouse-over.
James William Richard was a professor at Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. A Lutheran theologian from the nineteenth century, he was also a biblical scholar and author, writing The Confessional History of the Lutheran Church right before his death.